Though in ill health, Musial always perked up when he got to Busch Stadium. He smiled and waved during his last public appearance, a parade lap of the warning track before Game 4 of the NL championship series last fall.
"His fans always did give him energy," Schwarze said. "He could turn it on."
Even near death, the harmonica Musial learned to play while passing the time on long train trips during his career was another source of energy.
"He was playing the week before he passed — a lot better than I've ever played it," Schwarze said.
Did he still play the "Wabash Cannonball?" ''Yes, absolutely," Schwarze added. "He always said he knew more songs but I think he knew about six songs on the harmonica and had about six jokes."
"The No. 6 really goes through his whole life."
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